Prior, Previously, Before

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PLOP! Something liquid and white lands on the page of the booklet I am holding. Ewww! But all were thankful that the paper caught the dropping and no body was splattered.

Prior to the plop, we had been admiring the art booths along the street. We had just stopped to chat about the wines sampled so far.

Previously, my friends and I had been sampling wines from ten different local wineries.

Earlier, we were traveling down the road to attend the art and wine festival. Of course there were several stops along the way. First stop was Sonic for strawberry water. Next stop was lunch at a Thai restaurant. Then on to the art and winefest!

Before noon, we gathered at my house, loaded up the car, and took off for a destination  to the east. The retiree did not know where we were going or what we were doing.

Weeks before, I verified that my retiring friend would be available on a particular  Saturday/Sunday in May.

Months prior to our date, my friend and I plotted to whisk a retiring friend away to celebrate her retirement at the 36th Art Fair and Winefest in Washington, Missouri.



17 thoughts on “Prior, Previously, Before

  1. Terje says:

    Time well planned. Time well spent. In Estonia when bird poop lands on you it is a lucky sign – you might get money. People still prefer the poop land elsewhere. 😉

  2. This would be an effective and entertaining way to teach these usages to English as a New Language students…the more advanced ones who can appreciate the nuances of these time indicators. Love the structure, love the pictures. Looks like a wonderful day spent together.

  3. Oh, what a fun way to tell a story!!! I remember once, when I was in high school, I was doing my homework outside at the picnic table in our yard. It must have been May or June because the weather was beautiful. As I was working, bird poop fell on my open dictionary. I gagged. I hope you didn’t.

  4. lindabaie says:

    Love the end to beginning, Elsie. There is a picture book that did this & I loved that, too. It’s titled “Previously”. I imagine you will love it if you don’t already know it. What a fun surprise for your retiring friend!

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